Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The View From Poppy's Bench.


Many years ago, when we were newlyweds,
we gave my parents a bench as a thank you gift for our wedding.
They nestled it in their front yard
and my Dad has taken a moment to rest on it
almost everyday since.


It's weathered and worn plaque sits lovingly on the back of the bench.
We were so grateful for their kindness in paying for our wedding.
This is a true memorial of our gratitude.


My father pruned the tree that surrounds it
and made himself a little hideout to sit
in the mornings and evenings
when the sunlight is the most beautiful.

You can almost always find him there kicking back
and if you don't know where to look,
he might go unnoticed.


It's the perfect spot to observe the beauty of nature.
Chipmunks and squirrels will often parade around in front of him.
He has a front row seat to the show
that the animals unknowingly perform.


A leaf may swirl down in front of him,
almost showing off as it spirals down onto the driveway.
The birds seem to sing in harmony.
A cat bird chirps "meow" in the distance
and sounds like a kitten calling out.


Another exciting day unfolds in front of Poppy's bench
and I am so touched that he loves
his old and beat up gift.
I will forever remember my father
sitting happily on his hidden bench.


Nancy said...

Such a sweet post -- love the photograpy as well. :)

singedwingangel said...

You take some of the most beautiful pictures of your area. I would love to come through there just to see all the stuff I have seen through your eyes, in person.

Dixie Mom said...

What a great thank you gift too! Really lovely post.

Karen Mortensen said...

Beautiful. That was a wonderful gift you gave to them.

R Montalban said...

Not long until you celebrate our anniversary :-) What a lovely bench and home your Poppy has :-)

Sue said...

Perfect thank-you bench!

And the scenery ain't bad, either!!


justlikeaslattery said...

There's just something about a daddy's seat, isn't there?

I love this post, and I love that picture of his feet sticking out.

You always make me happy!



Caroline of Salsa Pie said...

It's gorgeous, Leigh. And the sentiment behind the bench is lovely.

In the picture where the sunlight is shining through the trees, it's almost like you can see God's love. ♥


What a thoughtful gift!